Different Guitars Brian May Has Used Over The Years

The Different Guitars Of Brian May


The Red Special Guitar Guyton Made for Bohemian Rhapsody Movie

Queen guitarist Brian May is most famous for using his home made now iconic guitar the Red Special.
Over the years though he’s used an assortment of different guitars.
In the early years we saw him use Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster.

Brian uses Roger Taylor’s old Gibson acoustic in A Kind Of Magic video not Washburn as stated in video

In this video we look at the following guitars
Washburn RR V white Flying V from Princes of the Universe video
Guild 1984 Red Special from One Vision video
John Birch Red Special replica from We Will Rock You Video
1967 Fender Esquire from Crazy Little Thing Called Love
1978 Fender Telecaster from Live Aid 1985
Burns Double 6 used on Long Away
Gibson Chet Atkins CE used a Wembley 86 on The World We Created
Ovation Pacemaker 1615 12 string used on live performance of Love of My Life
George Formby Banjo Ukulele from Bring Back Leroy Brown
Satellite Strocaster from Play The Game Video
Greco Japanese Red Special from Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy Top Of The Pops
Guild F12 12 string
Guyton Arch Top guitar
Gibson Flying V
Guyton Transporter Guitar

Brian May Guitar Gear

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42 thoughts on “Different Guitars Brian May Has Used Over The Years With Queen

  1. No sound in this one to avoid copyright issues. Check out second video in this series https://youtu.be/icj8pXmhnSg
    Correction : Gibson acoustic in A Kind Of Magic video check description for more info

  2. No audio on video.James a kind of magic acoustic is an original Gibson owned by Roger.He mentions it in the commentary section from greatest hit 2 dvd.Liked the video.

  3. Most of the early guitars mentioned were simply borrowed at the last minute. They were miming on a lot of the 70s clips. Why bother to bring your own gear if you are just acting in a clip.

  4. Didnt brian also buy a black stratocaster when he had enough money in the early days? I think theres a picture of it

  5. In the movie it shows Brian (actually Gwyllim) playing a Les Paul when they were first playing “another one bites the dust”. Also the black Tele that Brian played at LiveAid during “Crazy little thing called love”, is the exact same guitar used by Gwyllim during the same in the movie.

  6. Kind of MAgic video= Rogs old GIbson acoustic, Guild 12 string live, Martin live, bop rhap acoustic, godin 12 string, bmg super, bmg, various guyton and fryer copies

  7. He also used a Parker Fly on Mother Love, an Ibanez on Last Horizon, studio version that Joe Satriani have him, a Martin acoustic on ‘39 live in mid 70s.
    A Yamaha silent guitar live on Queen+ Paul Rogers tour.

  8. One of my favourites has to be the Washburn RR-V off The Princes Of The Universe video. Brian’s old guitar tech Brian Zellis told me that he was told to buy 4 crappy odd shaped guitars for the video because they thought they were going to use them in a sword fight or be dropped from a high place so he went with the Washburn.

  9. Hi James, do you happen to know which strap Brian is using on tour now? It’s the one with the slide holders on it. Thanks! And keep up the great work on YouTube. You are my only Brian May source!

  10. 💁🏾‍♀️ My understanding is that Bri’s Red Special was stolen or lost for some time and it was subsequently returned by a good friend. Do you happen to know the timeframe he was w/o it James? Thx Moe✌🏾!

  11. Thank you so much for the informative video. I love watching Brian play. He has such long slender fingers. It seems that Eric Clapton and Hendrix also have (had) a similar hand structure. Do you think it could help in being able to play guitar better? (My piano teacher, (who is actually a guitar player, but teaches me the "inferior" instrument anyway, haha) also has this type of hand.) 😀❤️🎸

  12. Is The Guitar Used in the One Vision video not the one used in the recording because the video is from the documentary of the recording of One Vision?

  13. Nice work James Rundle- Thrilled that you included the infamous 'John Birch' RS copy @ 2:00…Brian SMASHED it to bits after breaking a string during a Queen performance in Rutherford in 1982!!

  14. Brian's first guitar- a small bodied Egmond acoustic that he recieved on his seventh birthday in 1954. It's still in surprisingly good condition.

  15. If the list includes guitars that Brian has used, under any circumstances, which could be the case seeing as the Guyton RS Transporter is there – I think the list is perhaps a bit inadequate. For example, there's a recent photo of him using a '93 Guild, and back in June, he used a KZ/Fryer Super (and not to mention his Guyton and Fryer replicas) – and that's just the electric guitars. If my memory serves me right, he's used a bunch of different acoustics for smaller gigs throughout the years. Perhaps the list should've been limited to guitars used throughout the active years of Queen?

  16. Great video! I would add, the gibson "the vee" used after he smashed the birch copy and i think the very first spare was a pre-cbs black fender stratocaster i think it was used during the encore in the rainbow shows in march 74'

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